Thursday, June 12, 2014

How to get a good night sleep

Do you sleep well? Can you remember the last time you had a good night sleep?

For much of my adult life I have slept on pretty poor surfaces such as a futon, a thin foam mattress, a lounge. I had a queen bed for a while and then my parents gave me something amazing - a chiropractic bed. Oh my gosh! I had no idea how good it felt to sleep on a mattress specifically designed to support your back. I have a bad back and never should have slept the way I did but when you are in less than perfect circumstances you make do.

I love my bed and everyone who's ever slept on it comments how good it is. To be clear, I give up my bed for guests, since we have a spare bed and if it's a couple I think my bed is more suitable. A good bed with a good mattress is crucial to a good night sleep.

But what if it's your children getting up a million times a night that is keeping you up?

My 6 year old has been a great sleeper since she was a few weeks old. Just sleeping through, has never wet her bed. We forgot to put a nappy on one night when she was two, she was dry in the morning and never wore a nappy again. She is a dream when it comes to sleep.

My 5 year old is not the same. She has never wet the bed either, but she has nightmares and often gets up. I recently discovered part of her sleep issue is her mattress. It's not that old, but she didn't select it and she doesn't like it. She didn't tell me, I found out by swapping mattresses around. With 3 single beds it was easy enough to find the mattress that she prefers.

If your children aren't sleeping well and keep waking you up have you checked their mattress? It might be time for a new one.

Back when I got my amazing bed I did some research. I had never thought too much about mattresses other than wondering what the difference really is between the ones for a few hundred compared to the ones for a few thousand. Now I know. I had a mattress that cost $500 when I moved out of home. It was ok. I liked it, but it wasn't great. It lasted a few years, but really, I would not buy a $500 mattress again. After being given a mattress worth a few thousand I know the difference. My mattress has lasted longer, supports me better and is definitely worth the money.

Considering we spend so much time in bed, why do so few of us spend more money and get a good mattress?

Do you find it overwhelming trying to select the right one? Do you not have the budget? 
If you find it overwhelming places like Sleepmaker have programs to help you select it. If it's the budget, think of it this way - if you sleep better, you make better decisions and save money. If you are tired you are more likely to make bad decisions, buy take away or make silly mistakes. A good mattress can save you money.

I'm curious, how did you select your mattress? Do you find a good mattress makes a difference to your sleep?

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